Manchester United Women edge thriller against Villa

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Millie Turner celebrates with teammates after scoring the winner. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Barclays Women’s Super League leaders Manchester United edged Aston Villa 3-2 with a last gasp goal watched by 4,176 at Bescot Stadium.

Villa were ahead inside 10 minutes, when Rachel Daly met Lucy Staniforth’s corner with a perfect glancing header that dropped inside the far post.

United soon levelled with a Ona Battle cross turned in by Leah Galton, but the home side nearly got a second from a corner, Anna Patten’s header hitting the bar.

Villa needed a goal-line clearance quickly followed by a smart Hannah Hampton save from Galton’s strike to keep it 1-1.

Daly restored the lead when finding the far corner from a Maz Pacheco cutback, a disallowed goal for United then ensuring Villa remained ahead at half time.

Aston Villa v Manchester United - Barclays Women's Super League
Rachel Williams of Manchester United is challenged by Lucy Staniforth of Aston Villa. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

The crossbar denied Daly her hat-trick and minutes afterwards Nikita Parris headed the visitors level from a Hannah Blundell cross.

Manchester United won it at the death, as substitute Millie Turner headed home Katie Zelem’s stoppage-time corner.

They now open up a six-point lead at the top but have played more games than their three title rivals.

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